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Rick Warren's Anti-Gay, Anti-Condom AIDS Work in Africa Exposed

It's not pretty.

In a must-read piece in The Daily Beast, Max Blumenthal notes that, "[Rick] Warren’s defense against charges of intolerance ultimately depends upon his ace card: his heavily publicized crusade against AIDS in Africa."

Blumenthal looks deeper into Warren's activities in Africa in the name of AIDS, his ties to anti-gay Anglican religious figures, and his tacit endorsement of condom-burning and anti-gay 'witch hunts' in Uganda.

Warren_2A couple of excerpts:

"But since the Warren inauguration controversy erupted, the nature of work against AIDS in Africa has gone unexamined. Warren has not been particularly forthcoming to those who have attempted to look into it. His website contains scant information about the results of his program. However, an investigation into Warren’s involvement in Africa reveals a web of alliances with right-wing clergymen who have sidelined science-based approaches to combating AIDS in favor of abstinence-only education...Warren’s man in Uganda is a charismatic pastor named Martin Ssempa. The head of the Makerere Community Church, a rapidly growing congregation, Ssempe enjoys close ties to his country’s First Lady, Janet Museveni, and is a favorite of the Bush White House. In the capitol of Kampala, Ssempa is known for his boisterous crusading. Ssempa’s stunts have included burning condoms in the name of Jesus and arranging the publication of names of homosexuals in cooperative local newspapers while lobbying for criminal penalties to imprison them."


"With safe sex advocates on the run, Warren and Ssempa trained their sights on another social evil. In August 2007, Ssempa led hundreds of his followers through the streets of Kampala to demand that the government mete out harsh punishments against gays. 'Arrest all homos,' read placards. And: 'A man cannot marry a man.' Ssempa continued his crusade online, publishing the names of Ugandan gay rights activists on a website he created, along with photos and home addresses. 'Homosexual promoters,' he called them, suggesting they intended to seduce Uganda’s children into their lifestyle. Soon afterwards, two of President Yoweri Museveni’s top officials demanded the arrest of the gay activists named by Ssempa. Terrified, the activists immediately into hiding."

This is what Rick Warren stands for, embraces, and he will be blessing our nation's next presidency.

The Truth About Rick Warren in Africa [the daily beast]

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  1. I think Melissa is too naive to know what hate can really be. She assumes that if someone hates her for who she is, that they will hate her to her face and reject her work product and everything about her. All up-front and real. But bigotry is much more insidious and far more devious than that. Bigoted hate -- especially of the smiling evangelical and Mormon kind -- can appear be exceedingly gracious, light, and even loving on the surface, but smoldering right underneath are the burning coals of righteousness than would sooner throw her into a lake of fire than give her a place at the table. Poor Melissa doesn't realize that when they smile at her, they are standing outside the door. They are nowhere near the table.

    Posted by: rascal | Jan 7, 2009 3:40:15 PM

  2. If you are in Los Angeles THIS SATURDAY!, January 10, 2009
    2:00 PM – Action Fair
    6:00 PM – Live Performance of “Prop. 8: The Musical”

    As part of a national ‘Day of Protest’ against the 1996 Federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) – which prevents the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages performed in any of the nation’s 50 states – thousands of LGBT Angelenos and their allies will gather at THE RESOLUTION, an action fair focusing on the fights for marriage equality and against DOMA. Members of the community will be given an opportunity to go booth to booth and perform direct actions such as signing a postcard to Obama, writing a letter to a congressperson, signing a petition, and much more. There will also be a museum setup at the fair featuring artifacts from LGBT history ranging from legal documents to the personal items of Harvey Milk.

    Posted by: FunMe | Jan 7, 2009 9:20:50 PM

  3. Not surprised. (infact, rolling my eyes behind my head)

    For those (like all 4 of us) who were NOT fawning like blubbering idiots over everything Obama, and just KNEW this man was nothing short of a famewhore who couldn't give two licks about the LGBT community, this is the worst case of "told you so" I can think of. We knew we were right all along, yet it hurts all of us he was.

    No matter how much the deluded Pro Obama folks in the gay community try to (and will be) spinning this incident...the man invited the most prominent figure in the public eye who is against homosexuality to bless the biggest day of our nation in a veryyyy long time. Seriously, how could it BE any worse? (I think it would be just as bad with McCain/Palin but not any worse. You CAN'T get worse than this)

    So spin it all you want, but as this story's not pretty! (and we told you so!)

    Posted by: Michael R. | Jan 7, 2009 9:46:45 PM

  4. Dear Clown, er "FUN ME":

    "Signing a postcard to Obama...a letter...a petition" is NOT "direct action"—it's DISTRACTION from direct action; it's self-DELUSION.

    Will all of you political virgins PLEASE pack up your card tables and your fantasies, go home, go online and order some books about REAL direct action such as that done in Montgomery with the bus boycott, all across the South with various sit-ins such as at segregated lunch counters, and, most relevantly, ACT UP, the gay movement that TRANSFORMED the way government and society treated people with AIDS.

    Until you learn and APPLY the lessons of those heroes, you’re all just jacking off in public which, like all masturbation, does no one any good but the wanker himself.

    Posted by: Leland Frances | Jan 7, 2009 9:51:09 PM

  5. There was a time when no-one had the nerve to even mention AIDS. People like Elizabeth Taylor raised money to fight AIDS when just being seen at an AIDS fundraiser was a scandal. Nowadays, fighting AIDS in Africa is about as courageous as donating to Muscular Dystrophy. Now that they're fighting a disease that's killing innocent women and children in a country far, far away, everyone's joined the fight. Where the fuck was Rick Warren and Bobby Shriver and Bono and all those other asshats when we needed their support here for gay men who were dropping dead right and left? Where were they when AIDS wards were overflowing and patients were left to die on cots in hallways in Los Angeles? Where were they when ACTUP was out demonstrating just to get any support for people with AIDS? Fuck them all. The fact that you're opposed to the spread of AIDS in Africa is totally irrelevant to gay and lesbian rights.

    Posted by: Hamp | Jan 7, 2009 10:23:14 PM

  6. HAMP, why are you ranting about Bono? He's a friend of the gays and he and his wife have been activists with environmental groups, Amnesty and development organizations for decades. I don't like his music, but the guy is trying hard to make the world a better place.

    Posted by: DEFENDEROFTHEFAITH | Jan 8, 2009 9:49:17 AM

  7. Bono is only a friend as long as he tows the party line. Once you express a dissenting opinion from the angry horde, they burn effigies.

    Does anyone think that just maybe all this exposing of Warren's obvious ugliness & bigotry will actually a GOOD thing in the long run?

    Its a pity when a group always stumping for tolerance can not 'tolerant' dissent from within -- stomping around on Melissa E. CD's like 5-year olds. I don't care what anyone says, but that's pretty damn funny to me.

    Posted by: Taylor Siluwé | Jan 8, 2009 11:43:21 AM

  8. i think that when someone is bereft of reason or wit, he says shit like, "i find it amusing," or, "i think it funny," or, "... that's pretty damn funny to me"

    Posted by: nic | Jan 8, 2009 4:14:44 PM

  9. Max Blumenthal (son of Clinton shill) isn't exactly always the voice of reason or particularly adept reporter (and it's a stretch to call him that). Apparently, because of Warren's association with Ssempa, who's the real villain here, we are to draw conclusions re Obama?? This is a bit of a stretch. By this reasoning, we are all guilty as sin.

    Posted by: anon | Jan 8, 2009 4:33:59 PM

  10. This is what you get when you support a two party (one party) system.... But face it, so long as the Patriarchal faiths are widespread in this nation, voters will support it's wickedness.

    Posted by: Sasha | Jan 18, 2009 8:12:46 PM

  11. Uganda stance, China stance and Warren-likes stance(s) in the USA and elsewhere show how much liberties are never truly granted but endangered whenever some bad wind blows their way. Gay defenders should try harder to understand their bashing in order to articulate a defense that really put them at peace with themselves(gay bashers) and us...maybe ultimately truly impossible. Showing ones disaproval of Warren by mooning and al just reinforce his conviction. What if gays were to become defenders of pro life positions that wont hurt them (against abortion for instance)? That would remove one more reason for the preachers to be against gays...and so on while defending the right to contract unions instead of aids and generating a realy more diverse gay culture. That won't make the Warren-like dispappear but that will draw support from others unexpectedly.

    Posted by: hunskinlondon | Jan 16, 2010 7:51:43 AM

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